Last post on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM
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Volkswagen EuroVan, Volkswagen Vanagon, Van
Share tips for performing your own maintenance and repairs on your Eurovan.
#41 of 70 Re: Auto locking mechanism [nglasgow]
Nov 24, 2008 (12:29 pm)
Same problem but more interesting . When the door locks go spastic I just turn off the radio it stops the door locks misbehaivour? .Ive pulled out the door lock actuator on the drivers side (that doesn't respond to key remote). It is fine . tested it with a 12 V source and it goes up and down no problems.. If operated manually( when connected) all the other locks respond to it ie. open and close to match drivers side.
Someone suggested frayed bad wires in the loom where they go through from the door to the chassis, Mine look fine??
did you get any answers??
Im toying with the idea of writing to VW as I know this is a common problem.
You can just pull fuse # 11 on the bottom row to get manual control back
#42 of 70 Re: 1992 Eurovan CL Manual Transmission Question [theduke72]
Dec 21, 2008 (1:19 pm)
I have a 1983 Vanagon GL, however it is probably the same problem I had. I had to have my shifter rod that runs the length of the Vanagon back to the transmission from the shifter replaced. There are dogears on that rod and over time they wear down and let it shift right into reverse. If you find that this is the problem..... I can tell you who would probably have the part brand new. You can reach me at mtlrcks666yahoo.com.
#43 of 70 Removing eurovan door panel
Jan 18, 2009 (1:35 pm)
I'm having problems with the passenger's door latch on my 2001 Eurovan sometimes sticking and not engaging. I'm trying to get the door panel off to look inside and see what's happening, and it doesn't easily snap off. Suggestions on how to remove the door panel would be appreciated, as well as any advice on what might be causing the latch problem. It manifests as if the lock has not disengaged. The handle pulls out freely but the latch doesn't open.
#44 of 70 Replacing front turn signal bulb on 2003 Eurovan
May 23, 2009 (4:15 pm)
Anyone have any diy tips on how to replace the front turn signal bulbs? Seems that the front headlamp needs to come out to get to the turn lamps, but wanted to make sure that was the path required. Thanks.
#45 of 70 Ignition Lock Cylinder 2002 EuroVan MV
Sep 17, 2009 (9:49 am)
I am having difficulty removing the ignition lock cylinder. The symptom we are experiencing is the key will turn, but the car will not start. It seems to not be able to make a connection. When you pull the key out the electrical systems stay on in the dash board, like the battery light, and other warning lights which stay on when the car is not running. I have taken the steering wheel covers off, but the screws that need to be removed to replace the cylinder are specialty 3 pronged heads which a phillips will not fit.
I have also disconnected the battery so as not to run it down.
#46 of 70 Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder 2002 EuroVan MV [jcolombo]
Sep 17, 2009 (10:41 am)
Your problem seems to be the ignition switch and not the ignition lock cylinder. the switch is located on the backside of the ignition lock cylinder.
Go here for more information on how to change it.
Ignition switch replacement
#47 of 70 Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder 2002 EuroVan MV [weekender3]
Sep 18, 2009 (10:55 am)
Thank you for your response and guidance. Just to make sure I understand it is your suggestion to start with the ignition switch first? The symptom we are experiencing with the ignition is it will not start the van (of course), when we pull the key out the dash lights stay on, and there is no feeling any longer of resistance when turning the key.
Your pictures are extremely helpful and if I am to do the replacement, do I need to take the steering wheel off, or other parts of the dash?
Thank you very much.
#48 of 70 02 EV Ign switch replacement
Sep 18, 2009 (10:09 pm)
I have an 01 Eurovan MV and have been folowing the yahoo.com group under autos and they have a very active group of knowledgeable owners and mechanics. The Ign switch is often the source of just what you are experiencing as wellas other. The switch is avail. from one of the site members much less $ than dealer and should only run $10-12. There are also photos in their archives detailing the switch replacement which is not difficult, however it requires a bent small screwdriver ( or allen) which you can make. Hope this helps. I've learned much about the quirks and loyalty of both the vans and their interesting owners and devotees. Bryan C.
#49 of 70 Re: Removing eurovan door panel [rstrauch]
Sep 18, 2009 (10:22 pm)
You likely have this fixed by now but I don't often get to this site. The EV's often have wiring that parts or breaks at the flex joint where the door and the front door post meet. It is an easy repair to just crimp or solder an extra length when repairing the break. This is a common problem and affects door locks, etc. ev-update site at Yahoo groups has very active of owners and mechanics who are so patient with us shadetree DIY types. Look up the site and the wealth of info.. Enjoy your EV.
#50 of 70 Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder 2002 EuroVan MV [jcolombo]
Sep 21, 2009 (10:13 pm)
Just follow the instructions I gave you. The pictures are of an older model. On the 2002 model you will have to remove the knee panel below the steering wheel. You will find a plastic cover on the door side. there is a pin, that you will have to push in to remove it. There you will find bolts M8 13mm wrench, take those out. on the other side you will find the same bolts. remove the top one and try to losen the lower one. The lower one is hard to remove, so just slide it down, so you get axcess to release the plug that is connected to the switch.
DO NOT REMOVE THE STEERING WHEEL! AND BE CAREFULL AROUND IT, THERE IS THE AIRBAG AND YOU DON'T WAN'T IT TO GO OFF!
If you don't feel resistance in the ignition lock, it can be the lock too. hard to diagnose over the net. But the switch is around 10 bucks, so start with the cheapest part. If the lock cylinder is worn, you probably won't be able to replace it yourself. As you will need the proper cylinder, that can only be purchased trough the dealership (Anti theft device reasons) plus you will need special tools. Normally the cylinder can be set to your key, so you won't have a different key to start your car. Had to do this on my rear hatch, as someone tried to brake in an broke the lock.